Hard to believe another year has passed and a new decade begins. I must say that 2009 was an interesting year for me pertaining to this hobby. There were quite a few bumps along the way as I’m sure there was for everyone. No one gets a smooth ride. In truth however, the fun is sometimes found when life just isn’t going according to plans.
What I found most interesting was that, somewhere along the way, my favorite designer fragrance of all time was eclipsed by one I finally managed to get my hands on in 2009. It was a blind buy and I chased after it for the sake of simply having it because of its rarity.
The fragrance itself doesn’t matter nor does the favorite it deposed. It’s what can happen any given year. Things you don’t expect or see coming. Little things that alter perception and previously held value systems. Who knows what I’ll stumble upon or into this year that I cannot foresee at the moment. The same goes for you.
I learned quite a bit in 2009 because of other people. I have a keener sense of my limitations because of the people I’ve met on the web. These limitations are also a strength and by tinkering in this hobby, I am learning how to put them to use. This has also been a year of decision and since there is power in the very act of decision itself, I empowered myself to dive headlong into fragrances. 2009 was instrumental in that it has and will affect my future because I’m in this for the long haul. I have no regrets.
Basenotes is an ongoing training ground for hobbyists like myself. It’s actually that and more. Nowhere else will you find a more eclectic bunch who possess every fragrance skill level you can think of. A community driven to question, learn, share and enjoy information; not to mention the opportunities of selling, trading or simply giving fragrance.
Yes, 2009 was an interesting year and I’d like to thank the Basenotes community for being what it is. I discovered what this hobby is all about there and just as important, I have met some pretty terrific members who make Basenotes what it is. Because of this, I have high expectations for 2010.